I signed up for an Intermediate Bridge class at the senior center - partly because I'd like to play better and partly to meet people with common interests. They told me it was full and put me on the waiting list. I just showed up and was grateful there was room for me. The class consists of an hour of lesson, and an hour of practice.
I sat at a table with a young couple. The woman, Asian, had a badge that showed she is a Med Aide and was headed to work tonight, like me! She said she first played bridge in middle school. The young man who must be a friend of hers showed up at a "duplicate" game (normally quite competitive), never having played before. They are both obviously bright.
We used "duplicate" materials, which I've never played before, so I needed a little help with what to do. The young couple were really nice to me, showing me what I needed to know. The instructor made our "fourth". They told me about other opportunities to play, including at the Elks Club where you can get hammered on $2 mixed drinks. Ha, ha. They seemed very welcoming to me, it was great.